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  • Do Right by the Right Whale
    Protect North Atlantic Right
    Whales from Deadly Entanglements

    -North Atlantic right whales could be extinct in the wild by 2040 -- and the two leading reasons for human-caused North Atlantic right whale deaths are ship strikes and entanglement in fishing gear.

    The US government has lowered permitted vessel speeds to reduce ship strikes. But to save these whales we have to prevent deadly fishing entanglements too.

    Click now to sign this petition.

  • Saving Wolves - Ethical or Unethical?
    The Ethics of Saving Wolves

    July 11, 2018 -What is it about wolves that drive so much passion — either to conserve them and rebuild their populations or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, to hunt them or even remove them from the wild?

    Answering that question gets to the heart of what it means to be human and what wolves mean to people, says Michael P. Nelson, professor of environmental ethics and philosophy at Oregon State University.

    Click now for the the story
    from The Revelator.

  • Durrell Wildlife Trust
    The Many Ways They Defend Species

    An organization fully dedicated to the preservation of species. Their website contains many stories, videos and images to get their message across.

    Click now to get to the site.

  • Lions Have Their Own Day
    Main Cause for Mane Claws

    August 11, 2017 - Today is World Lion Day, and we can't think of a better way to spend it than raising critically needed funds for research-driven, field-tested strategies that will help save one of the most awe-inspiring species on Earth.

    Click to see how you can help.

  • Border Wall Could Harm 10k Species
    Trump’s Border Wall Could
    Impact an Astonishing 10,000 Species

    May 18, 2017- What do the bald eagle, robust cottontail, tiger salamander and Texas banded gecko have in common?

    Easy: They’re all among the 841 documented vertebrate species that would be affected by the border wall proposed by President Trump. Many of those species, experts warn, would risk extinction or face severe population impacts if the wall were built.

  • Swans: Get the Lead Out
    Search And Rescue For
    Lead-Poisoned Swans

    Feb. 3, 2017,- When Martha Jordan arrived on scene, an elegant white bird with a black beak, a symbol of grace and beauty, lay draped across the tall grass at the edge of a lake. Jordan trudged through the marsh, scooped up its emaciated, 10-pound body and cradled the dead bird in her arms.

  • Reconnect Forests - Save Species
    The Power of Reconnecting
    Forests to Stop Extinctions

    Aug. 22, 2017 -A new paper offers some of the best evidence yet for the efficacy of connecting fragmented forests to save threatened species. The scientific study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and co-authored by SavingSpecies President Stuart Pimm and Vice President Clinton Jenkins, illustrates how small investments of land and money in targeted forest corridor restoration projects can make a huge difference for the world’s biodiversity.

  • Take The Arctic Wildlife Quiz
    How Much Do You
    Know About Arctic Wildlife?

    Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), see how much you actually know.

Of Interest

  • The Swift Fox is In Trouble
    Swift Fox May Not Be
    Swift Enough to Avoid Extinction

    - Although historically common and widely distributed in short- and mixed-grass prairies of the Great Plains, swift foxes have experienced significant population declines and are now estimated to occupy less than half of their historic range in the United States. In the face of this enormous decline, a multi-stakeholder, comprehensive approach is required to restore swift fox populations across the Northern Great Plains and beyond. Collaboration among tribal communities, universities, conservation organizations, state and government agencies, and private landowners is essential for the swift fox to make a viable comeback.

    Click now for the news
    from World Wildlife Federation.

  • Polar Bears International
    Polar Bears International -
    Yes, They Have Their Own Group

    Their mission is to conserve polar bears and the sea ice they depend on. We also work to inspire people to care about the Arctic and its connection to our global climate.

  • Earth-Friendly Diet
    Eat Less Meat: Save More Wildlife

    Meat production is one of the main drivers of environmental degradation globally, and the crisis is rapidly growing worse.

    That’s why the Center for Biological Diversity launched their Earth-friendly Diet campaign.

  • The Last of Their Kind
    Eight Species On Life Support

    Oct. 3, 2016 - Other than the remote hope of cloning extinct animals, ponderings about extinct creatures are reserved for the imagination. Extinction is the reason we should cherish the creatures that still roam the planet, the ones we still have a chance to experience. This is especially true when it comes to creatures teetering on the brink of extinction.

    Click now for a glimpse
    (while you still can).

  • End of a Bumble Bee Species
    This Bumble Bee Is About to Go Extinct

    Sept. 28, 2016 -The rusty patched bumble bee, which can be identified by a rust-colored patch on its abdomen, was once a commonly seen pollinator from the midwest to the east coast. Unfortunately, scientists believe that it has disappeared from 87% of its historic range since the 1990s and that its population has declined by a startling 95%.

    Click now for a bad buzz.

  • Last 100 Yrs of Animal Extinction
    Every Extinct Animal Since 1916

    Click now for the images
    and the rest of the story.

  • Fla. Endangered Species Slideshow
    Endangered Panther Slide Show

    From Sierra Club - presented by Associated Organizing Representative, Aexis Meyer, MSc -This slideshow is being presented by Ms Meyer at various Sierra Club venues thorouhgout the country. It keys in on why we need to protect panthers and other endangered animals.

  • Bluefin Tuna Danger
    Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Are In Trouble

    This largest of tuna and can live up to 40 years. They migrate across oceans and can dive more than 4,000 feet...

    Click now for more and
    to watch a video.

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Endangered Species News

  • Call a Whale Expert. This Orca is Sick
    Team Gives Medication To Sick Orca At Sea

    Aug. 10, 2018 -A team of whale experts has injected an ailing orca with antibiotics in a rare emergency effort to save her.

    NOAA Fisheries says the international team reached 3½-year-old orca known as J50 Thursday in the waters near Washington state’s San Juan Island.

    A veterinarian examined the orca. The team of experts gave her a dose of antibiotics through a dart and took a breath sample to help assess whether she has an infection.

    Click now to read the
    story from Oregon Public Radio.

  • Do Manatees & Dolphins Deserve Such Harsh Treatment?
    A Ghost Gene Leaves Ocean
    Mammals Vulnerable to Some Pesticides

    Aug. 9, 2018 -A gene that helps mammals break down certain toxic chemicals appears to be faulty in marine mammals — potentially leaving manatees, dolphins and other warm-blooded water dwellers more sensitive to dangerous pesticides.

    The gene, PON1, carries instructions for making a protein that interacts with fatty acids ingested with food. But that protein has taken on another role in recent decades: breaking down toxic chemicals found in a popular class of pesticides called organophosphates. As the chemicals drain from agricultural fields, they can poison waterways and coastal areas and harm wildlife, says Wynn Meyer, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of Pittsburgh.

    Click now to read the
    story from Science News.

  • Lemurs Are Very Cute, and They’re Also in Trouble
    95% of Lemur Species Are In Serious Trouble

    Aug. 4, 2018 -People are quick to recognize lemurs, thanks in no small part to the "Madagascar" franchise. Despite their impressive media profile, however, nearly every species of lemur is in danger of extinction.

    Those are the provisional findings of a recent lemur workshop led by the IUCN Species Survival Commission Primate Specialist Group (PSG), and the findings have resulted in the reclassification of 105 species as either critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable on the IUCN's Red List of Threatened Species.

    "This is, without a doubt, the highest percentage of threat for any large group of mammals and for any large group of vertebrates,"said Russ Mittermeier, chief conservation officer for Global Wildlife Conservation and chair of the PSG.

    Click now to read more
    from the Mother Nature Network.

  • Fido Says, “Don’t Mess With Our Hippos”
    To Combat Rhino Poaching, Dogs Are Giving South
    African Park Rangers A Crucial Assist

    Aug. 3, 2018 -Ruben de Kock has been training South Africa’s park rangers for over two decades — but last month was the first time one of his former students was killed on the job.

    The July 19 incident, in which 34-year-old Respect Mathebula died in a shootout, marks the first instance in 50 years of a ranger being killed by poachers in Kruger National Park. Yet given the intensity of rhinoceros poaching in the region, the milestone is as surprising as it is tragic.

    Click now to read more from Oregon Public Radio.

  • Trump Supporters Love to Lion Hunt - Surprise, Surprise
    Lion-Hunting by Trump Donors Is Awful,
    But the Trade in Lion Bones Is Worse

    Aug. 2, 2018 -Last week angry headlines around the world decried the news that the Trump administration had issued trophy-import permits for 38 lions killed by 33 hunters — including many high-rolling Republican donors — between 2016 and 2018.

    Lions (Panthera leo leo) have experienced massive population drops over the past two decades. The big cats gained some protection under the Endangered Species Act in 2016, but the Obama-era regulations still allowed some hunting and trophy imports as long as the host countries could prove that their hunts were sustainable. The Trump administration did away with that requirement last year and instead decreed that it would allow imports on a “case-by-case basis.”

    Click now to read more from The Revelator.

  • King Penguins Face Significant Population Loss
    With One Island’s Losses, the King
    Penguin Species Shrinks By 1/3rd

    Aug. 1, 2018 -What was once the king of the king penguin colonies has lost 85 percent or more of its big showy birds since the 1980s, a drop perhaps big enough to shrink the whole species population by a third.

    In its glory days, an island called Île aux Cochons in the southern Indian Ocean ranked as the largest colony of king penguins. Satellite data suggest numbers peaked at around 500,000 breeding pairs amidst a total of 2 million birds in the 1980s, says seabird specialist Henri Weimerskirch based at University of La Rochelle with CNRS, the French national research service.

    Click now to read more from Science News.

  • One Species’ Pest is Another One’s Survival
    Ecology: A World Without Mosquitoes

    July 21, 2018 -What would happen if there were no mosquitos? Would anyone or anything miss them? Nature put this question to scientists who explore aspects of mosquito biology and ecology, and unearthed some surprising answers.

    There are 3,500 named species of mosquito, of which only a couple of hundred bite or bother humans. They live on almost every continent and habitat, and serve important functions in numerous ecosystems. "Mosquitoes have been on Earth for more than 100 million years," says Murphy, "and they have co-evolved with so many species along the way." Wiping out a species of mosquito could leave a predator without prey, or a plant without a pollinator. And exploring a world without mosquitoes is more than an exercise in imagination: intense efforts are under way to develop methods that might rid the world of the most pernicious, disease-carrying species (see 'War against the winged').

    Click now to read more
    from Nature Weekly Journal.

  • Internet Access Facilitates Rampant Online Wildlife Trade
    Scales, Horns and Skins:
    Available Online, All Day, Everyday

    July 19, 2018 -The Internet has revolutionized the way the world exchanges and consumes ideas, information and merchandise. However, it also has its drawbacks. The Internet has facilitated illegal trade in wildlife, which is having a devastating impact on animals, ecosystems and the communities who rely on them.

    Click now to read the article from  The Revelator.

  • Trump is No Friend to Endangered Species
    Trump Administration Proposes Changes
    to Limit the Endangered Species Act

    July 19, 2018 -The Trump administration is proposing key changes to the Endangered Species Act. It’s a move conservation groups say could greatly weaken the way animals and plants are protected.

    The changes could limit how critical habitat is designated. It would also rollback the protections for threatened species. Instead of extending automatic protections to threatened species, those kinds of decisions would be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Click now to learn more from
     Oregon Public Radio.

  • Female Ranger Teams Out There to Stop Poaching
    The Fight to Stop Poaching:
    What If We’ve Been Doing It Wrong?

    July 16, 2018 -Damien Mander has thought a lot about best practices for protecting wildlife.

    As the Australian-born founder of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation, Mander has spent the past 10 years working on the front lines protecting rhino and other wildlife in four African nations. For most of that time his work in this dangerous arena took what he calls “a fairly military approach.” That’s not surprising considering his prior decade-long career with governmental and private military organizations.

    More recently, however, he began to wonder if maybe “we’ve done it wrong all these years.”

    Click now for more from The Revelator.

  • The Painful European Ivory Trade Story
    Illegal Ivory Trade Continues to Thrive In Europe

    July 11, 2018 -International rights group Avaaz says the illegal ivory trade is still alive and well in Europe after the group purchased 109 ivory products from 10 countries and found that many of these items were illegally sourced from wildlife after 1989. The findings further support Avaaz’s mission in calling on Europe to completely end its ivory trade and protect elephants.

    Click now for the the story
    and slideshow from CleanTechnica.

  • Milkweed-Dependent Butterflies at Risk From Climate Change
    Bloodflowers’ Risk to Monarchs Could
    Multiply As Climate Changes

    July 10, 2018 -Climate change could make a showy invasive milkweed called a bloodflower even more of a menace for monarch butterflies than it already is.

    Monarch caterpillars, which feed on plants in the milkweed family, readily feast on Asclepias curassavica. Gardeners in the southern United States plant it for its showy orange blooms, yet the species “is turning out to be a bit of a nightmare,” says Mark Hunter of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

    Click now for more from Science News.

  • Is The Endangered Species Act Endangered?
    Could the Endangered Species Act Go Extinct?

    July 4, 2018 -When Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act on December 28, 1973, it made the United States the only nation on Earth to declare a basic right of existence for species other than our own. Currently, the law protects more than 1,600 species across the country.

    Now Republicans in Congress are considering several bills they say would “modernize” the Endangered Species Act to make it more business-friendly and prevent the public from suing the federal government to protect species. Some Democrats and conservationists say bills like this would diminish the law’s ability to protect wildlife from extinction.

    Click now for the the story
    from The Allegheny Front.

  • There May Still Be Hope for Endangered White Rhinos
    Researchers Create Hybrid
    Embryos of Endangered White Rhinos

    July 4, 2018 - For the first time, rhinoceros embryos have been made in the lab. Scientists injected preserved sperm from a male northern white rhino into eggs of female southern white rhino, a closely related subspecies. The embryos were incubated until the cells begin to differentiate, a stage at which they can be implanted into a surrogate mother, researchers report July 4 in Nature Communications.

    Click now for the article
    from Science News.

  • Arctic Shipping Route Endanger Creature Inhabitants
    Arctic Shipping Routes Could
    Threaten “Unicorns Of The Sea”

    July 3, 2018 -Narwhals, or the “unicorns of the sea,” could be at risk from additional Arctic shipping routes as polar ice continues to recede. A peer-reviewed study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests as many as seven marine mammal species may face new threats and uncertain consequences from increased ship traffic.

    Click now to for the article
    from Inhabitat, and view a slideshow.

  • Mussel Up Alabama, With Timber Company Help
    Why a Timber Company Is Helping to
    Restore an Endangered Mussel in Alabama

    July 1, 2018 -John Wigginton, machete at the ready, chopped his way through the thick understory of privet, sumac and blackberry brambles one recent June afternoon. Logging trucks, bunchers and skidders rumbled in the distance. It had rained heavily; mosquitoes and deer flies accompanied Wigginton on his march through the forest.

    "This," he said upon reaching a sandy overlook populated with well-aged hardwoods, "is Tallatchee Creek. It is a great stream. And we are protecting it in perpetuity. There's not much more we can do for the channel, except put more species in it.

    Click for more on this story
    from Mother Nature Network.

  • It’s Welcome News For Belugas
    World’s First Beluga Whale
    Sanctuary Will Welcome New Arrivals

    June 28, 2018 - In 2019, two beluga whales, named Little Grey and Little White, will be transported from the Changfeng Ocean World aquarium in Shanghai to the world’s first whale sanctuary in a protected bay in Iceland. Established by the SEA LIFE Trust in collaboration with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation, the 32,000-square-meter Beluga Whale Sanctuary site was chosen for its sub-arctic climate and seclusion.

    “It’s really important for Little White and Little Grey, providing them with a more natural home in which to live out the rest of their lives,” head of the SEA LIFE Trust Andy Bool told Reuters. The whales are already being prepped for their journey and the colder waters of their new home through exercises designed to increase their strength and their ability to hold their breath underwater.

    Click now for more on this story
    from Inhabitat, which includes a slideshow.

  • Another Wolf Down for the Trump Administration
    Interior Department Plans to Let
    People Kill Endangered Red Wolves

    June 27, 2018 -In a proposal that would essentially end a 30-year effort to reestablish critically endangered American red wolves in North Carolina, the Interior Department on Wednesday announced a plan that would allow private landowners to kill wolves that stray onto their property from a protected federal wildlife refuge.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials who presented the proposal in a news conference said the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, which supports about a dozen of the 35 red wolves that roam a five-county area in eastern North Carolina, would be the only place where they would be safe.

    Click now to read the Washington Post story.

  • Wildlife Extinctions Are Brewing Across Britain
    Devastating Loss of Wildlife
    Across Britain Is Observed

    June 21, 2018 - Chris Packham, a well known naturalist in the UK, has recently expressed great concerns over the lack of wildlife he’s observed in Britain in 2018, an island that he believes is now heading towards an ‘ecological collapse’ unless serious action is soon taken.

    According to the naturalist, the country has become increasingly ‘green and unpleasant,’ as its biodiversity continues to diminish.

    Click now to read the whole
    story from Greener Ideal.

  • Putting Down That Bat is What a Fungus is Doing
    Bat-Killing Fungus Spreads to
    Two New Species and Two New States

    June 19, 2018 -On May 29, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism announced that the fungus that has killed millions of bats over the past 12 years has been found on a new species, the cave myotis bat (Myotis velifer). Biologists collected dead and dying bats in three Kansas counties and confirmed that they were suffering from white-nose syndrome, the disease caused by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd).

    The next day, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the fungus had been found in South Dakota for the first time. There, the fungus was detected on a western small-footed bat (M. ciliolabrum) — another species newly affected by Pd — and four big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) at Badlands National Park. None of the bats in South Dakota had yet contracted white-nose syndrome.

    Click for more on this from The Revelator.

  • Logging is Leaving Borneo Orangutans Homeless
    Illegal Logging Leaves Borneo Orangutans Homeless

    June 15, 2018 - Sungai Putri, a forest on the island Borneo is under threat, as illegal logging continues to occur in the area, despite a moratorium that was enforced by the Indonesian government to prohibit exploitation.

    The forest stretches over 57 thousand hectares and is home to approximately 1200 orangutans.

    The moratorium prohibiting forest logging was enforced by the government following a 2015 dry season, when severe forest fires burned many parts of Indonesia, and other countries in South East Asia including Singapore, Malaysia, and southern Thailand.

    Click now to read the whole
    story from Greener Ideal.

  • Protecting Wildlife - Are We Actually Doing It?
    Selling the Protected Area Myth

    June 9, 2018 - It’s widely celebrated as one of the few success stories in the push to protect the wildlife we claim to love: Since the early 1990s, governments have roughly doubled the extent of natural areas under protection, with almost 15% of the terrestrial Earth and perhaps 5% of the oceans now set aside for wildlife. From 2004 to 2014, nations designated an astonishing 43,000 new protected areas.

    Sadly, there are two big delusions at work here. The first is that designating protected areas is relatively easy (and with publicity bonus points for politicians), but hardly anyone seems to be bothering with the hard work of actually protecting them. Roughly a third of national parks, reserves, refuges and the like now face intense and increasing human pressure, according to a recent study in the journal Science.

    Click now for more on this
    story from The New York Times.

  • Zambia: Bad Place to Be a Hippo
    Mass Killing of More Than 1,000
    Hippos Approved by Zambian Government

    June 8, 2018 -The Zambian government has approved the culling of 1,000 to 2,000 hippos along the Luangwa River over the next 5 years.

    This is expected to happen in the form of trophy hunts, which apparently even tourists can take part in.

    The culling was suspended in 2016 when conservationists pointed out that there was a great lack of scientific evidence presented, which supported the justification of culling in the Luangwa Valley.

    Click now to read more
    from Greener Ideal.

  • Plastic: A Danger for the Whale Diet
    Pilot Whale Dies In Thailand With
    Over 17 Pounds of Plastic In Its Stomach

    June 5, 2018 -A small male pilot whale, found unable to breath or move in a canal in Thailand last week, has died from large amounts of plastic clogging its digestive system. After being found near the Malaysia border, the pilot whale was treated by veterinarians while kept afloat by buoys and protected from harmful solar radiation by umbrellas. Despite days of effort, the whale ultimately passed away, but not before vomiting up five plastic bags. Upon post-mortem investigation, it was discovered that the whale had ingested more than 17 pounds of plastic, including 80 shopping bags, which had inhibited its ability to eat.

    Click now to read more from Inhabitat.

  • Endangering the Shark Population
    Endangered Shark Fins Discovered On a
    Singapore Airlines Flight to Hong Kong

    June 1, 2018 -Endangered shark fins arrived in a 2,150-pound shipment marked ‘Dry Seafood’ for Win Lee Fung Ltd. The shipment came from Colombo, Sri Lanka by way of Singapore. Singapore Airlines bans shark fin cargo and said they’d sent a reminder to all stations to administer sampling checks on shipments with such a label. They also said they blacklisted the shipper. Sea Shepherd Asia director Gary Stokes told Reuters, “This is another case of misleading and deceiving. The shipment came declared as ‘dried seafood’ so [it] didn’t flag any alarms.”

    Click now to read more from Inhabitat.

  • Let’s Not Make All Sea Creatures Endangered Species
    For Animals, Plastic Is
    Turning the Ocean Into a Minefield

    June 2018 issue of National Geographic -From getting stuck in nets to eating plastic that they think is food, creatures worldwide are dying from material we made.

    On a boat off Costa Rica, a biologist uses pliers from a Swiss army knife to try to extract a plastic straw from a sea turtle’s nostril. The turtle writhes in agony, bleeding profusely. For eight painful minutes the YouTube video ticks on; it has logged more than 20 million views, even though it’s so hard to watch. At the end the increasingly desperate biologists finally manage to dislodge a four-inch-long straw from the creature’s nose.

    Click now to learn more
    from the  National Geographic.

  • Red Wolf Population Falls to 40 Animals
    Eight Years Until Red Wolf Extinction?

    May 10, 2018 -On April 21 the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, N.C., announced that its female red wolf (Canis rufus) had given birth to a trio of adorable pups. Only about 220 red wolves exist in captivity, with the animals spread around the country among 43 institutions, so every birth tends to be cause for celebration.

    This time, sadly, there wasn’t much opportunity for joy. Just four days later, on April 25, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the wild population of red wolves had crashed to about 40 individuals, including just three breeding pairs. That’s down from about 120 wild wolves in 2013.

    Click for more on this from The Revelator.

  • Logging Vs. Wolves - Who’s Winning?
    Wolves Are Losing Ground to
    Industrial Logging in Southeast Alaska

    May 9, 2018 -For 12,000 years, wolves have roamed Southeast Alaska's rugged Alexander Archipelago—a 300-mile stretch of more than 1,000 islands mostly within the Tongass National Forest. Now, their old-growth forest habitat is rapidly disappearing, putting the wolves at risk. As the region's logging policies garner controversy, a new study examines what the wolves need in order to survive.

    Largely isolated from mainland wolves by water barriers and the Coast Mountains, the Alexander Archipelago wolf (Canis lupus ligoni) is widely considered to be a subspecies of gray wolf genetically distinct from other North American populations. In the 1990s and again in 2011, conservationists sought to protect the island wolves under the Endangered Species Act, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denied these petitions—most recently, in January 2016.

    Click now for the
    complete story from the EcoWatch.

  • Whales: A Tail of Woe
    A Spike in Tailless Whale
    Sightings Worries Scientists

    May 8, 2018 -People have occasionally glimpsed tailless whales in western North America, but a recent spike in sightings has troubled scientists. This year alone, at least three flukeless gray whales have been spotted near California. Ship collisions or killer whale attacks probably aren’t to blame for the injuries; entanglement in fishing equipment is likely the cause.

    Click now for the sad story
    and video from Inhabitat.

  • The Real Poop on Poaching
    From the Distinction Countdown Series

    Apr. 11, 2017 -Last month customs officials in Singapore intercepted more than 60 bags containing nearly 1,800 pieces of smuggled elephant ivory. To help shed more light on the crimes, they placed a call to American conservation biologist Samuel Wasser.

    Wasser is a scientist, but also a bit of a detective. Using techniques he has spent decades perfecting, Wasser can extract DNA from any elephant tusk, allowing him to identify almost exactly where the animal was killed by poachers. “I can take a tusk and I can pinpoint where it came from within three kilometers — and sometimes to the very park,” he says.

    Click now for more of the
    story from the Revelator.

  • Whom to Believe - Scientists or Deniers?
    Climate Change Denialists Say Polar Bears Are Fine.
    Scientists Are Pushing Back.

    Apr. 10, 2017 -Furry, button-nosed and dependent on sea ice for their survival, polar bears have long been poster animals for climate change.

    But at a time when established climate science is being questioned at the highest levels of government, climate denialists are turning the charismatic bears to their own uses, capitalizing on their symbolic heft to spread doubts about the threat of global warming.

    Click now for more of the story from the New York Times.

  • Saving a Fussy Predator in Europe
    With Help From 50,000 Rabbits

    VILCHES, Spain, Mar. 31, 2018 -The Iberian lynx is a picky eater. Despite its agility and speed, it almost only chases rabbits.

    This narrow choice of prey helps explain why this feline came close to extinction less than two decades ago, after disease wiped out large numbers of rabbits from the Iberian Peninsula. But a vast breeding and relocation program has now turned the lynx into a flagship example of Europe’s efforts to maintain its biodiversity.

    Click now for more on this story from the NY Times.

  • Troubling Times for the White Rhino
    The Last Male Northern White
    Rhino Suffers Declining Health

    Mar. 1, 2018 -Sudan is a 45-year-old northern white rhinoceros – and the last male of his kind. He’s suffering from poor health, and if he dies before he is able to mate it will likely signal the effective extinction of the northern white rhino, a subspecies that was driven to its current crisis by poaching. “We are very concerned about him — he’s extremely old for a rhino and we do not want him to suffer unnecessarily,” said the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, where Sudan and two female white rhinos Najin and Fatu live.

    Click to for more, including a slideshow, from Inhabitat.

  • Turnabout is Fair Play
    Suspected Poacher Eaten by
    Lions in South Africa

    Feb. 12, 2018 -A suspected poacher was mauled to death and eaten by a pride of lions outside of South Africa's famed Kruger National Park, according to media reports.

    The victim's remains were found over the weekend at a private game park near Hoedspruit in the province of Limpopo. The lions ate most of the body but left the head behind. A loaded hunting rifle was also found nearby.

    "It seems the victim was poaching in the game park when he was attacked and killed by lions. They ate his body, nearly all of it, and just left his head and some remains," Limpopo police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe said in a statement.

    Click now for more from EcoWatch News.

  • Last Refuge For Declining Songbirds
    Old-Growth Forests Can Provide Last Refuge
    For Declining Songbirds As Climate Changes

    Dec. 22, 2017 - A new study from Oregon State University scientists finds that old-growth forests could be an important refuge for songbirds in the face of climate change.

    Lead author and ecologist Matt Betts tracked songbird populations in different kinds of forests – including old growth and mature tree plantations.

    Click now for more on this earthFix story.

  • Ivory: First You Say You Do and Then You Don't.
    Then You Say You Will, and Then You Won't

    Nov.17, 2017 - So what are you gonna do?

    President Trump on Friday reversed the government’s decision to start allowing hunters to import trophies of elephants that were killed in two African countries, pending a further review.

    His evening Twitter message reversed a decision by his own administration over Zimbabwe that was announced this week and promoted as recently as Friday afternoon by the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

    Click for the NY Times story.

  • Sea Turtles Appear to Be Bouncing Back
    Sea Turtles Making a
    Comeback Throughout the World

    Sept. 20, 2017 - On this planet, so many plants and animals are disappearing that scientists worry we’re experiencing a sixth mass extinction. Many of these organisms are taking hits from a variety of angles — habitat loss, climate change and more — that it’s hard to get a grasp on how to stop their declines. Conservation success stories are rare.

    But sea turtles may be an exception, according to an comprehensive analysis of global sea turtle abundance published Wednesday in Science Advances.

    Click to read the
    NY Times Science article.

  • Snot Otters Get A Second Chance In Ohio
    AKA: Eastern Hellbender Salamander

    Sept 16, 2017 - They’re the color of mud, and they can grow up to two feet long. People call them snot otters because they’re covered in a layer of slippery mucus. Or lasagna lizards because they have a crinkly flap of skin on their sides that helps them absorb oxygen (and resembles a lasagna noodle).

    Eastern hellbenders live throughout the Appalachian region in the United States. Their ancestors have been on earth for around 160 million years, but in the last several decades their numbers have dropped dangerously in several states, primarily due to habitat destruction. Eastern hellbenders are endangered in Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Illinois and Indiana.

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  • Whale Sharks Are in Trouble
    Want to Adopt One?

    August 23, 2017 - The whale shark is the biggest fish and shark in the world. These gentle marine giants roam the oceans around the globe, generally alone. However, large numbers of whale sharks often gather in areas with abundant plankton food—making them prime tourist attractions. Its enormous mouth (nearly five feet wide) engulfs large quantities of tiny plankton that it filters through its gills as it swims.

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  • Inside Kenya's Must-visit Elephant Nursery
    In Nairobi, Orphaned Elephants Get
    a Second Chance At Life and Family

    August 17, 2017 - At a facility located on the edges of Nairobi National Park, a small crowd of smiling people stands quietly. Adults and children from countries around the world line up along a rope that surrounds a large area of red dirt. Within the paddock are puddles of water, hills of soft russet soil, newly cut branches thick with green leaves, and a large wheelbarrow filled with oversized milk bottles. The play area at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust baby elephant nursery is ready for the youngsters that brought so many people here.

    Click for the story and a great photo.

  • "Unbearable" News for Grizzlies
    Yellowstone Grizzlies:
    How Many Could Hunters Kill?

    August 17, 2017 - Up to 20 grizzly bears could be hunted in 2017 based on 2016 population estimates and acceptable federally set mortality limits. Trophy hunting is highly unlikely in 2017 because the three states bordering Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks intend to hold public hearings before hunting rules are finalized.

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  • Florida Anglers Target Endangered Sharks
    And Giving Each Other Tips
    on How to Get Away With It

    Aug. 15, 2017 - Some Florida fishermen are purposefully flouting laws and reeling in endangered sharks, an important new paper reveals.

    The illegal activities were uncovered by shark researcher David Shiffman, who studied postings on the online message boards of the South Florida Shark Club, the largest club in the state for fishermen who practice from piers or beaches. Shiffman examined more than 1,250 posts by these land-based anglers and found evidence of people knowingly catching protected species such as lemon sharks (Negaprion breivirostris), sandbar sharks (Carcharhinus plumbeus), tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier), and three hammerhead shark species (Sphyrna lewini, S. mokarran, and S. zygaea). At least 389 sharks were illegally caught, according to his analysis.

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  • Lemur: One of World's Most Endangered Primates
    The Challenge is to Preserve Them

    Aug. 15, 2017 - For five straight months, Sheila Holmes slipped through the Madagascar rainforest, 16,000 kilometres away from her Calgary university classes, eyes and feet following black-and-white ruffed lemurs as they flew through the trees.

    She's now working on her anthropology doctorate, became a crucial part of what is the longest continuous monitoring program of one of the most endangered primate species in the world.

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